Wheelie Bin Storage Sheds

wheelie binAs summer approaches we will find our selves spending more and more time in our gardens. If you’re keen gardener like me you have probably invested a lot of your time and money in creating a wonderful place for you, your family and friends can relax and enjoy the best of the British weather.

No matter how much time or money that we put in to our garden there are some things that will always let your garden down. One of these let downs are your wheelie bins. Every household has at least three wheelie bins, coming in various colours and sizes depending on where you live and the number of people living in your house. No matter what colour the bins are where you live, you cant get away from the fact that they look hideous and make a beautiful garden or patio area look rubbish (pardon the pun).

Over the last few years there has been a boom in sales of wheelie bin storage boxes, which can dramatically …

Metal Garden Sheds

There are in general three different types of garden shed which are metal, wood and plastic. Most people rule out plastic sheds, they are the least popular, but ponder a while over whether to choose wood or metal. So here for you is a comparison.

Costs – Wooden sheds generally cost more than metal sheds due to the price of lumber. However wooden sheds last longer, are sturdier and fit better into a homeowner’s landscape designs from an aesthetic point of view.

Strength and Durability – If you are looking to buy a small storage shed that is only intended to store a few things, a metal shed may be a good solution for you. However, the larger the shed, the more important the construction will be. Wooden sheds are usually built with treated 2×4 lumber, therefore they can hold heavy loads such as snow with ease. The roofs on metal sheds cannot hold much weight, you could be putting your investment at risk of collapse.

Wooden sheds can also easily handle high winds and inclement weather …

Rattan Patio Furniture

Rattan furniture is widely regarded as some of the best quality garden furniture that you could invest in. Created from UV hand woven rattan means the sun will not cause this furniture to fade like other garden furniture can. We have all seen wood or plastic furniture that’s been stripped from its colour due to sun exposure!

The materials rattan furniture is constructed from are also weather proof meaning it will last for many years even if kept outdoors all year around, although the life of the furniture can be extended if its kept indoors during the worst months of the year.

Because there are so many companies selling rattan furniture these days means you can pick up some quality items at fantastic prices.  There are styles and designs to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets.

Tables:

There are hundreds of rattan tables on the market, available in all shapes, sizes and colours. Rattan tables are a fantastic addition to anyone’s garden or patio area and will allow you to dine in style. From round tables to square and rectangular there is something for everyone.

Chairs:

If you want to relax outdoors during the summer months but …

Dealing With Autumn Leaves

Dealing with autumn leaves

Clearing autumn leaves can be a daunting task when you see them all piled up and still mounting. However with the right tools it can actually be a breeze and here’s how. You will need – a pair of grabbers, a flat tined rake, a leaf blower, garden refuse bags and a rotary lawn mower.

  1. First use the light weight grabbers with long handles to collect a large amount of the leaves at once. Alternatively you could use two seed trays put together to work as grabbers.
  2. Use a relatively gentle flat tined rake for sweeping leaves off the lawn and gravel areas of the garden on a daily basis.
  3. A leaf blower that collects and shreds leaves can be really handy. Some gardeners object to these on an environmental level. If you choose to use one leave hedge bottoms untouched as they provide shelter for garden wildlife.
  4. Rather than using a wheel barrow to gather your garden leaves use a few bin bags. This is because leaves have a habit of jumping out of a barrow as you wheel it along creating more work recollecting them.
  5. Finally if you are short …

Stunning Brick BBQ

BRICK BBQ’S – ADD A TOUCH OF CLASS TO YOUR GARDEN

Building a brick BBQ requires planning before you attempt to start. For example where are you going to position it? It needs to be a safe distance from anything flammable and also where smoke won’t fill your neighbours garden or home.

Once you have decided on a spot you need to decide on your dimensions. The dimensions of your grill set, which you will need to buy first, will decide this. Ensure you have space for the grill set and the width your BBQ will need to be to accommodate it. To get the width of the BBQ place the grill set on the ground and place bricks around it in what will be their fixed position.

If the ground is soft where you are building your BBQ then you will need to dig out a small trench approximately 25cm wide and 30cm deep. This can then be filled with concrete to form a solid foundation. Try to get this as level as possible. Leave this to harden for a couple of days before you start to lay your first course of …

Cleaning Windows Correctly

Cleaning windows is easy right? Well in theory yes, however simply just cleaning with a hose or bucket will leave water spots on your windows. This happens when your water supply is running “hard water” which simply put is formed when the water travels through deposits made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Commercial window cleaners – The Window Cleaning Company provided us with the following tips when cleaning your windows:

  1. If using household tap water to clean your windows, just a tiny drop of fair washing up liquid in the bucket. Then wash your windows and dry off the streaks with a squeegee.

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Garden Water Feature

GARDEN WATER FEATURES

When it comes to garden water features the sky is the limit and only your imagination will limit the outcomes. There are so many options to choose from such as the simplistic bird baths, the majestic koi fish ponds, elegant fountains, calming reflecting pools and even man made streams and water gardens.

For the smaller garden water features such as trickling natural stone, resin towers and LED lit mini fountains are always a good option. You could even have a small fish pond sunk into your garden and built up from the ground.

Larger gardens on the other hand are ideal for really putting your imagination to work. Imagine a water feature gently trickling water into a bubbling stream that works its way into a water garden filled with aquatic plants. This in turn could lead to a further stream winding its way into a pond full of magnificent Koi carp or goldfish.

Alternatively you could install an increasingly popular water feature that can be adapted and look beautiful in small and large gardens alike. In fact it can even make smaller gardens look bigger. The reflecting pool on the principle …

Garden Lights – Brighten up your garden

It may be hard to believe but public landscapes and gardens have been lit up for just as long as the interior of houses and buildings have been. This could be for various reasons such as security, circulation and social occasions and ways to do this have included firelight from wood, candles and animal / plant oil fuels in torches, sconces and lanterns. It has only been since the 19th (gas) and 20th (electric) century that lighting has become a design feature as well as functional.

Electricity is now the most common and popular way to light up gardens although solar power is quickly catching it up. Rechargeable battery lighting is also available but nowhere near as common or as popular.

Garden lighting is also not as simple as putting up a porch light anymore. More and more people are now looking for more and manufacturers have certainly given them it. Different ways to light your garden include wall lights, fence lights, strings of lights, lights installed into the ground and even water feature lighting and underwater lighting.

Some garden lighting needs to be switched on at night and others are light sensitive or motion …

Dealing with Garden Waste

How to deal with garden waste

During the summer most gardeners will be adding to their compost bins leaving them with a lovely crumbly compost to put on their flower beds in autumn. Composting is a beautiful simple system that puts back what we take out of the earth. However not all waste is simple or can be simply put into your compost bin.

Garden waste such as roots of couch grass and bindweed cannot simply be put into your compost bin and not everyone has the means to dispose of this properly, such as a wood chipper. So what do you do? Put it in your green council waste bin? Burn it on a bonfire or stack it up and take it to the tip? Well, you can do all these things but if you want to be green and put the nutrients from this waste back into the earth, they are not the answer.

The simple answer is to drown them, yes take your perennial weeds, couch grass, bind weed and put it all in a bin full of water! Eventually this will rot down into a compostable mulch. This you …

Hanging Baskets – Great for gardens with limited space

Hanging baskets are the ideal way to provide some colour and beauty at eye level. They can be bought to hang on walls, kind of a half-moon shape or hung on hooks, a full moon shape.

What you plant on them will depend on what you are looking to achieve. For example if you want a long term basket you should use herbs, shrubs and evergreens. Alternatively a short term basket should contain vibrant bedding plants such as creeping jenny, silver falls, fuchsias, lobelias, violas, petunias in summer and crocus, iris, ivy, primulas, cyclamen and violas in winter.

Baskets for summer should be planted from April onwards but will need frost protection until the end of May. Winter baskets which do not need protection as the plants are hardier should be done between September and October.

How they should be planted will depend on what type of basket you have bought. Standard wire baskets for example require a lining which you can buy readymade. A more thrifty option would be to line them with moss. This method can also be more attractive and natural looking.

Multi-purpose composts are usually sufficient for most baskets as …

Rattan Planters – Visually improves any garden

This is a fantastic time of the year to be picking up garden bargains, as most companies will be selling their summer stock off at knocked down prices. This means you can pick some fantastic bargains up ready for next summer!

One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your garden, patio or decking area is to include some bright strong scented flowers that will attract butterflies and other nature to your garden. If you don’t have a rockery or planting area worry not, there has been a massive increase in the amount of planters on the market over the last several years. This means you can literally pick up a bargain and create a beautiful planting area without having to do too much work.

With planters coming in all shapes, sizes and materials there is something for everyone. And if you are feeling creative there are loads (AND I MEAN LOADS) of ideas on the Internet for you to create your own planters out of brick, breezeblock or even wood. I’ve made some fantastic planters out of decking wood lately and they look pretty amazing, even if I do …